NIH/National Medical Association Travel Award

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) in conjunction with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Medical Association (NMA) are pleased to announce opportunities for travel awards to residents and fellows to attend the NMA’s Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly.

This year, the 115th Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly will take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from July 29 - August 2, 2017. The NIH Workshop on Career Development in Academic Medicine will take place on Saturday, July 29, 2017 and Sunday, July 30, 2017.

The awards are intended for residents and fellows who are preparing for careers in research or academic medicine and especially those who are interested in research in disease areas that disproportionately impact the health of minorities and underserved communities.

Travel awardees (designated as NIH-NMA Fellows) receive complimentary registration, air travel ticket (economy), 5 days/4 nights’ hotel accommodations, and per diem for meals (minus the cost of meals during the NIH workshop). All award recipients are required to attend the entire NIH Workshop on Career Development in Academic Medicine, exceptions will not be made. They are also encouraged to attend the other NMA Convention and Scientific Assembly functions.


An eligible candidate for a travel award will:

  • Be a member of a nationally underrepresented group in biomedical or behavioral research
  • Be interested in membership in the National Medical Association
  • Be a resident, fellow, post-doctoral scientist, or early stage investigator
  • Be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or legal permanent resident
  • Not have received travel support under this announcement in previous years

Application Process

Applicants are required to have the following and encouraged to prepare prior to accessing the portal:

  • Provide a personal statement describing the candidate’s research interests, career ambitions, and how attending the program will influence the candidate’s training and development
  • Provide a curriculum vita (CV) - CV Template (PDF, 30 KB)
  • Provide a letter of support from the Chairperson or Director of the Training Program indicating how the applicant will continue to be supported in their pursuit of a career in academic medicine
  • Application materials must be submitted through the online application system that will be available on the February 8, 2017.

Submit Application

Applications will be accepted from February 8, 2017 until May 1, 2017 at 8 AM ET.

Selection Process

The travel awards will be made on a competitive basis. The NIH/NMA Travel Award Review Committee will review the applications and select awardees based on policies and provisions of the NIH governing administrative awards. Award recipients will be announced no later than June 8, 2017.

NIDDK Contact

Salina Waddy, M.D.